David Roberts

David Roberts

Energy, politics, and more

David Roberts was a staff writer for Grist. You can follow him on Twitter, if you're into that sort of thing.

Climate & Energy

Why are we yelling at utilities and not their regulators?

Clean energy advocates often rage against the behavior of power utilities. It's time to look beyond them to the regulators who shape their decisions.

Climate & Energy

Understanding Obama’s suckiness on climate

The president has been pretty good about reducing demand for dirty energy, and pretty bad about increasing its supply. Why?

Climate & Energy

“More research” into geoengineering is not such a hot idea

In the geoengineering debate, "just research" is the default position of Serious People. But it's more problematic than they acknowledge.

Fifty states of play

The fight over Obama’s Clean Power Plan heats up in the states

States are charged with implementing Obama's carbon rule for power plants. Which ones will cooperate and which ones won't?

Climate & Energy

Obama’s carbon rule hangs on this one legal question

The EPA's plan to reduce CO2 from existing power plants relies on an ambitious new interpretation of the Clean Air Act. Will it stand up in court?

Climate & Energy

Here’s how to make sure renewables keep getting cheaper

What distinguishes expensive renewable energy projects from cheaper ones is not technology, but "soft costs" like financing and permitting.

Climate & Energy

6 charts that show renewable energy is getting cheaper

The latest numbers on electricity costs show that various forms of renewable energy are already competitive with fossil fuels, with costs expected to continue falling.

Climate & Energy

Solving climate change will be difficult but worth it

Aggressive climate mitigation is absolutely worth the costs, but economic models are not a good guide to how difficult it might be.

Climate & Energy

Utility bosses see change coming, look to clean and distributed energy

A survey of utility execs also finds that a majority of them support Obama's power-plant rules or think they should be strengthened.

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